Public Citizen has issued a call to arms in an effort to protect federal whistleblowers. Most folks working for the federal government are ordinary people, go to work day in and day out, and do their job. But many of them – when confronted with waste, fraud, recklessness about safety, or other abuses – make the extraordinary decision to risk their livelihoods to protect the public. The government is supposed to serve the public’s best interest, but this is not always the case. Too often, corners are cut or resources are wasted, or worse. When that happens, government agencies are co-opted for political fights or private interests.
When scientific research is altered or suppressed, when government contractors waste millions of taxpayer dollars, or when national security documents are falsified, the innocent government employees who witness these acts should be free to blow the whistle on the wrongdoing without fear of retribution. When an employee blows the whistle on wrongful conduct that hurts taxpayers they must be protected from retaliation.
Public Citizen has been fighting to end retaliation against those who speak up against abuses and the unmistakable, chilling message that reprisals against whistleblowers sends to all employees that they should keep quiet, or else. Citizens from across the country are demanding better protection for all of the brave individuals who risk so much in serving the public good. We should all show our support for honesty and accountability in government and take action now! You can do your part by letting your Senators and members of Congress know that federal whistleblowers must be protected.
Source: Public Citizen
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